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Does Phil Robertson get the Bible wrong?
Phil Robertson of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" has been suspended for his comments on homosexuality.
December 20th, 2013
11:23 AM ET

Does Phil Robertson get the Bible wrong?

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - The Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame has rallied around its patriarch, saying his controversial comments on homosexuality are "grounded in the teachings of the Bible." But Scripture is fiercely contested ground, and some experts say Phil Robertson misinterprets a key Bible verse.

A&E, the network that broadcasts the hugely popular "Duck Dynasty" show, suspended Robertson for a now infamous interview with GQ magazine. In the article, Robertson, who became a born-again Christian in the 1970s after a prodigal youth, is asked to define "sin."

Here's what Robertson says: “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

Robertson, 67, then paraphrases a Bible passage from the New Testament: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers - they won’t inherit the kingdom of God.”

That's a pretty close citation of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, which is a letter from Paul, often called the father of Christianity theology, to a fledgling Christian community in Corinth, Greece.

Here's what Paul's passage says, as rendered in the New International Version, by far the most popular translation among evangelicals and conservative Christians such as Robertson:

"Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men, nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

Evangelicals, who make up about a quarter of the U.S. population, tend to take that passage at face value. The Robertson family pastor, for instance, told CNN on Thursday that "the verse explains itself."

Robertson himself is no religious neophyte. He's an elder in the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ and offers spiritual counseling, charity and Bible studies to many in his hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana, the family pastor, Mike Kellett told CNN.

The "Duck Dynasty" star also preaches around the country to conservatives that flock to hear his blend of woodsy, plainspoken Christianity.

Many conservatives backed Robertson's views on Scripture and homosexuality this week, if not the "crude" way he argued his point to GQ.

My Take: The Bible really does condemn homosexuality

But other Bible experts said the Scripture Robertson cited isn't quite clear about homosexuality.

"A lot of people misread this text because it's so complicated," said O. Wesley Allen Jr., an associate professor at Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

First, scholars say, we have to look at the context surrounding Paul's letter.

The Christian leader is trying to get the quarreling Corinthians to stop taking each other to civil courts and being judgmental. "The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already," Paul says.

Things were supposed to be different after they became Christian believers, Paul continues; they were supposed to stop their sinful ways.

Then Paul lists some of their sins of the past, including greed, drinking too much, worshipping idols and sexual immorality. "That is what some of you were," Paul says. "But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

The list of sins is likely based on rumors that Paul heard about Corinth, says Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania who has studied the Bible's teachings on homosexuality. Bible scholars call it a "vice list," and it appears several times in Scripture.

So what does Paul's "vice list" say about homosexuality? That's the tricky part.

The first word Paul uses is "malakoi," which means "soft" in Greek, according to Allen. By analogy, the word came to mean "effeminate," which is how the King James Version of the Bible translates it.

"In the ancient world, it would refer to a boy in a relationship with an older man," Allen said. "It was pederasty, not homosexuality as we think of it today."

The other relevant word on Paul's "vice list" is "arsenokotai," which means "male sex." It refers to the other half in the man-boy relationship, common in Greece at the time, Allen said, the older male having sex with the "soft one."

"It isn't anything to do with what we would see today in an intimate, mutual relationship between gay adults," said Allen, who is co-authoring an upcoming book on homosexuality and heterosexuality in the church.

My Take: The Bible’s surprisingly mixed messages on sexuality

Even so, scholars such as Allen acknowledge there are no Bible passages that support same-sex relationships, and at least seven that appear to condemn gay sex.

"There's no way around the fact that those passages take a negative view of homosexuality, and nowhere in the Bible is a positive view offered," Allen said. "So conservatives and liberals continue to debate."

Liberals say that some parts of the Bible offered particular truths for a specific times and places but those times and places, as well as human understanding of sexuality, have progressed dramatically.

"The Bible may be divinely inspired, but its authors were human and saw, as St. Paul puts it, through a glass darkly," said Jim Naughton, a Christian gay rights activist and communications consultant. "On the subject of homosexuality, the Bible doesn’t mean what Phil Robertson thinks it means."

Conservatives such as Robertson, on the other hand, argue that the Bible is the bedrock of their faith, unchanging and unalterable. "We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word," the Robertson family said Thursday.

For decades, the gulf between the two sides has divided denominations, churches and families. To paraphrase Lincoln, both sides read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and both invoke his aid to argue against each other. Which is why our contemporary debate over homosexuality is so fierce, and so seemingly unending.

- CNN Religion Editor

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  1. Manfred Wallner

    What difference does it make what the bible says, nobody follows it's teachings anyways, for if we would, we would have to cut of woman's hands and commit other horrible punishments upon the innocent (If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, 12 you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity.- Deuteronomy 25:11-12).

    December 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
    • IKnowWhatI'mTalkingAbout

      you seriously know very little about the Bible from your statements and should study it before showing your ignorance.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
      • lunacy

        Really? But God's children sayeth "These are God's words and there meaning is clear and unambiguous unto the faithful!"
        Who can thou sayeth the Lord's words are subject to interpretation if one only reads more clearly?

        December 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
    • RandyM

      I answered this in the earlier thread. Go up a few lines.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
  2. m1

    Sorry, faith is a personal thing
    We don't need anyone telling us what it means to each individual
    Screw your scholars

    December 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • Alias

      Exactly what I find wrong with the christian faith. All 40,000 flavors of it.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • Rob

      Because there's no need to understand context?

      December 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
      • G to the T

        Because the term "context" is often used much differently by christians than it is by biblical scholars. You can try to use the bible itself as the context within which you read it or you can use a knowledge of the history of the area, the people, writing/printing techniques of the time and the evolution of the stories. etc. that were eventually compiled into the bible. In my experience, christians try to do the former while scholars do the latter.

        December 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm |
  3. Kay

    Where were all these outraged Conservatives when the Dixie Chicks were being harassed? I don't remember them saying anything about the Dixie Chick's first amendment rights being denied because of what they said or believed.

    Oh yeah – they were the ones doing the harassing.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • m1

      So it was a religious statement the Dixie Chicks made?
      And exactly what negative action was taken against them, other than brain dead Obama drones like you crying to sleep at night?
      Typical clueless, brain dead lib drone

      December 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        conservatives have always been on the wrong side of social justice.
        conservatives were pro-slavery
        didn't want women to vote
        didn't want blacks to vote
        didn't want civil rights for minorities
        didn't want interracial marriage to be legal
        still don't want g.ay marraige

        but keep on bashing the libs....

        December 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
        • Mike

          Hey Mr. Funk get a clue. Did you ever hear of the Dixiecrats? Southern Democrats all the way up to the civial rights movement supported slavery and/or segregation. And President Lincoln was a Republican. There is a funny movie, that I can't remember the name of, where a black guy is going off on the conservatives and their racism... and the other black guy keeps correcting him on how the blacks can thank the Republicans for their advancements in society. What Republicans don't support is the 72% of black children being born into the world without a father and then taking care of them... what they don't support is white or blacks living in poverty and continuing to stay there because the government takes care of them. I don't support the GOP on everything but I do in this area. So get your facts right first.

          December 20, 2013 at 12:50 pm |
        • Chris Matthews

          You sir, are an idiot!

          December 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
      • fred mertz

        The RWNJs went crazy when the Dixie Chicks spoke out against that immoral war, and the Chicks couldn't get booked into a phone booth thereafter.

        December 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • Brad

      F the Chicks! They spoke about our country while standing on a stage in France during Wartime! They can kiss my natural born American A!

      December 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
      • Rob

        It was in the UK, actually. Nice fact-free rant, though.

        December 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
        • just wondering

          hahahaaa

          December 20, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  4. Lawrence of Arabia

    No, he didn't get it wrong. Those who wish to justify their sinful lifestyle get it wrong when they try to make it mean what they want it to mean.

    The perspecuity of scripture is an old argument – one that was won decades ago. It's sad that a new generation of anti-theists bring up old topics like this in hopes that a younger generation are too lazy to read the Bible for themselves.

    Genesis 2:18 – Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.."
    Genesis 2:22 – The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man.

    There is the model for marriage – one man, one woman, for life. It doesn't get any plainer than that.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
    • JWT

      Even if it were that simple it would only apply to those who believe that particular version.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
      • Lawrence of Arabia

        Truth is not relative. Truth is applicable to all whether you choose to believe in it or not. I can't float off of a building while holding a magical bowling ball – gravity applies whether I choose to believe in it or not. So does God's word.

        December 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
        • JWT

          Your god is not my god theres a truth you can take to the bank.

          December 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
        • lunacy

          Truth is perception filtered through your beliefs. My truth is the same as your truth only where the beliefs coincide. There are no immutable truths. But that is just my opinion.....or truth.

          December 20, 2013 at 1:10 pm |
        • Lawrence of Arabia

          "Truth is perception filtered through your beliefs. My truth is the same as your truth only where the beliefs coincide. There are no immutable truths. But that is just my opinion.....or truth."
          -----------–
          Thank you for so eloquently demonstrating the falacy of post modern thinking.

          If you and I are sitting on a bench together, and I tell you that I believe that we are actually sitting on a green chicken, my belief doesn't make it true no matter how sincere I am in my belief.

          Truth is truth, and it is outside of us.

          December 20, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
        • Moses

          Lawrence of Arabia,
          "my belief doesn't make it true no matter how sincere I am in my belief. "

          And I can tell you the the "LORD GOD" spoke to me and TOLD me that I should tell the Israelites to treat and cure leprosy by killing a dove, dipping a live dove in its blood and having it fly about... also, anoint the toe and shoulder of the sufferer with the blood.

          December 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
        • Joey

          Until you prove to the whole world that your god is real you don't have truth, just opinion.

          December 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      and all that from a book of fairy tales... lol.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
      • Chris Matthews

        Save that lol for judgement day. lol

        December 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
        • lunacy

          Two words ..... Mayan Calendar

          December 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm |
    • Alias

      So why are there so many holy men with many wives in that same book?

      December 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
      • Lawrence of Arabia

        Show me where their polygamy is praised. Not once.

        December 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • Garrett from Texas

      What about the view that the New Testament is supposed to be a new covenant with man as God had made with Noah after the flood – undoing any requirements before hand (just as the covenant with Noah undoes the rules from the garden of Eden)?

      December 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
      • Lawrence of Arabia

        Under the New Covenant, Jesus endorses marriage by quoting that passage in Genesis.

        December 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        except the NT doesn't replace the OT. that's not true. where does it say in the NT that the OT doesn't count anymore? it doesn't. in fact, jesus himself says you cannot drop a single letter from the OT. still follow the 10 commandments? why? that's OT.

        December 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • rylesg74

      Because creating a person from a rib bone makes complete sense....

      December 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm |
    • G to the T

      "their sinful lifestyle" – and right here, you lose the argument. Unless of course you mean premartial se.x – in which case you should be arguing for gay marriage so they can not live in sin anymore. See premarital se.x is a choice (a "lifestyle" if you will), being gay isn't.

      See the difference?

      December 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
  5. Mike again

    Thank God Christians cling to their Guns and Religeon

    December 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • m1

      And books, that's how they know how to spell better than you

      December 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • Garrett from Texas

      Thank God that most people cling to their English lessons and spelling.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
    • Brad

      So says the Nazi Communist. You, Hitler, & Stalin would fit together nicely.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
      • G to the T

        Brad – general rule of the internet – first person to use Nazi's in their argument loses. Sorry! Please try again.

        December 20, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • fred mertz

      and their bitterness, just like Obama said in that maligned (but accurate) statement that got him into hot water in 2008.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
    • lunacy

      I am a gun toting libtard and I read....a Christian conservatives worst nightmare.

      December 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  6. Keep your thoughts to yourself

    He worships through the Church of Christ. I attended Sunday services at one of these churches one time and that was enough for me. The people that attend this type of church have narrow minds and will believe most anything their preacher preaches. Phil should not be punished for his beliefs. He is just an ignorant hick that happen to get rich from making duck whistles.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • IKnowWhatI'mTalkingAbout

      And maybe you're an ignorant know it all that knows nothing about anything? Name calling...nice argument.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • jim

      And you do the same, jerk.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      an ignorant hick with a bachelor's and master's degree.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
    • Henry

      The reason the "Church of Christ" gets hammered so much is beacuse we don't go there to "feel good" about what we are doing. We go there to learn the teachigns of the Bible. Since we don;t have a creed book or a religious panel, do you ever wonder why we teach almost the same thing in every Church of Christ? Noit by accident. Do you really want to explain to God why you changed his scriptures around? I don't.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
      • lunacy

        These are called Madrasas in the middle east.

        December 20, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
  7. MEMDP

    What is wrong with this world. The only TV program that doesn't curse ,has children with their clothes on ,and provides good clean humor. All other religions can voice their open without such an uproar, we are suppose to be living in the land of freedom of speech. I hope another TV network pounces on Duck Dynasty ( a family show ) and continues their episodes.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
    • Lawrence of Arabia

      My wife told me last night that Glen Beck offered to pick up Duck Dynasty on his network.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
      • HotAirAce

        That will certainly broaden their audience – not!

        December 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
      • lunacy

        I was thinking it would make a great CBN program.

        December 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
    • Mark

      No one is denying him the right to express his personal & religious beliefs, but his employer has the right to disagree with those views, particularly if they go against their own core values. I'm sure the employer would have reacted the same way if he had made racist comments about Blacks. The dude needs to remember which side his bread is buttered on. When your representing an empllyer, you chose your words and actions carefully.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • m1

      That is exactly why DD is a huge target for brain dead lib drones

      December 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
      • lunacy

        I think probably the lib drones are watching much more interesting things. DD is a show aimed directly at the heart of the conservative redneckery.

        December 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
  8. RJVV

    The article sounds like an effort by some to twist rather clear words to justify their lifestyle.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • Rob

      ...But enough about the Catholic church.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
      • lunacy

        Or any other church.

        December 20, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
  9. Donkey T Dong

    This goober, as all other goobers, absolutely gets it wrong.

    I have seen them make talk show and other television appearances (NEVER their A&E show) and have personally witnessed each of them wearing two different kinds of cloth at the same time – namely cotton and wool. Such action require the proper and devout believing other jesusites to put them all to death for such a grave sin. Plus, they all eat shellfish and the flesh of unclean animals wish are also punishablle by death. I have an IQ somewhere between 43 and 51 and if I live to be 13 years old I will never understand ow these goobers can convince themselves that some parts of their holy writings apply to everyone else but many other parts do not really mean what they say and therefore they are exempt from following those parts.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • RJVV

      they may be amusing goobers, but before you condemn them for what they eat you really need to understand the difference between the Old Testament and New Testament.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
  10. DSeay

    We should not get hung up on one sin but to answer the question about Gays the bible is clear, o yeah the original disciples were not scholars so who cares what they think

    Lev18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind it is abomination

    Rev 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
    • Austin

      We all have the power to be changed by the Holy Spirit through the resurrection and victory over death and sin.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
      • DSeay

        True while you still have breath people have the chance to repent and be changed by the Spirit of Truth

        December 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
    • Josh

      Don't forget that Jesus himself "lie down" with a young man, who was naked except for a cloak (Mark 14: 51+)

      December 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
      • DSeay

        It does not say Jesus lie down with the guy he was following him like a lot of people were don't insinuate something that is not bible says those who change his word will get extra attention from his judgements

        December 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
    • jim g

      religious garbage.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
  11. palintwit

    Why is it anytime someone mentions Duck Dynasty I think of Chick-fil-A and picture toothless inbreds drinking Everclear out of mason jars ?

    December 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • Chris Matthews

      Barack, don't you have something better to do than post comments on CNN?

      December 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
  12. Dan G

    As with all Liberal Progressives and statements that don't support the Liberal Political/Social agenda are racist or bigoted.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  13. Mike again

    Gewgay owned media what did you expect...maggots of our society

    December 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  14. Adoptee_NOTW

    Hebrews 13:1-8

    Let love of the brethren continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. 3 Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body. 4 Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge. 5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” 6 so that we confidently say,

    “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.
    What will man do to me?”

    7 Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the [a]result of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • jim g

      religious garbage.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm |
  15. LJ Rhodes

    Something to think about.

    How many households that watch Duck Dynasty have gay kids in them? And, how many of these are in the south, where they hear such things said about them day in and day out, both at school and at home? For a celebrity to say these kinds of things about gay people on top of it all only makes them feel more worthless, more isolated and even more desperate. And, how many kids who are fans of the show will, as kids and even plenty of grownups are wont to do, take the anti-gay comments of one of its stars as their cue to bully gay (or perceived as gay) kids, the soul-wrenching results of which we've all seen far too many times in recent years?

    What everyone is calling an exercise of free speech is actually a case of hate speech, and it's a reckless misuse of his celebrity and the bully pulpit that celebrity gives him, because he used it actually to bully the gay community, and not just gay adults, but gay boys and girls who are already scared and lonely (and, believe me, no matter how gregarious we seem when we're children, we're incredibly lonely, because nothing will make a kid feel more cut off from everyone else than to hear at every turn that he's evil, disgusting and should be thrown straight in hell).

    So, I believe A&E was absolutely right to remove him from the show, because it sends a clear message that such treatment of minorities, though tolerated by our government, does not have to and will not be tolerated by the people it governs. If even one gay child is spared just enough pain and hopelessness by this gesture to prevent him from committing suicide because he couldn't endure anymore hatred lobbed at him, especially by someone his parents have seen fit to decorate their house with (because, let's face it, they're everywhere, and people are filling their homes with their products, so these kids can't get away from it), all of this backlash from conservatives will have been absolutely worth it.

    To every person who takes issue with our insistence he be removed from A&E not only to take away his incredibly large microphone with which to spread his message of disgust with and disdain for gays everywhere and of every age, but also to make a very public gesture of condemnation of his comments, I really want you to think about this, what it does to all the gay kids out there, both directly (damages their sense of self worth) and indirectly (makes other kids bully them), and if you still think he was completely free and welcome to say what he did and that no one else has a right to try to get him to stop, then there's no nicer way to say this than to tell you you are part of the problem, and the blood of gay kids who kill themselves is also on your hands.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • TJ

      He most certainly was not bullying anyone. He was asked about his beliefs and he stated a very commonly held belief among his religion. He didn't tell people to go find any gay person they know and "cure" them. He didn't say they are evil. He's not going around to every station that will have him to spread hate. He was doing an interview that had nothing to do with gays and the interviewer decided to bring it up. That is hardly a bully pulpit being used to spread hate don't you think?

      December 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm |
    • Merleliz

      I gather you didn't hear this part:

      “However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.” Phil Robertson

      And he is the one who was fired for speaking his mind (answering a question honestly that he was ASKED in an interview) at the insistence of GLAAD...so it seems to me that the "bullying" is coming from the other direction.

      December 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
  16. Dr. Quack

    A&E used to stand for "Arts and Entertainment". It's been years since there's been anything on A&E that was considered "artful" or "entertaining". The channel is just like most of the other cable outlets, full of garbage, and meaningless drivel. How people can spend hours upon hours and watch shows about pawn shops, storage units, and ridiculous people is beyond me. I find Daffy Duck far more entertaining.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  17. TYRANNASAUR

    But Scripture is fiercely contested ground, and some experts say Phil Robertson misinterprets a key Bible verse....

    Yeah he does.... but the FICTIONAL BIBLE is meant to be ambiguous so that anyone can always make it fit what they're willing to believe....truth is it's not in the bible that was put together in the 4th Century by the Bishop of Rome..

    December 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  18. Juan Dick

    I love how CNN promptly throws together a piece of trash like this. CNN – YOUR BIAS IS SHOWING!! Cartoon news network.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      bias? lol.
      9 out of 10 stories on here are pro-religion fluff pieces.
      if they have a bias, it's toward christians.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  19. freedom

    Hitler lived how he saw fit and what felt right to him! Did that make it right?

    December 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm |
    • Chris Matthews

      I think Phil killed about 6 million less people than Hitler.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
      • TJ

        And one less clown.

        December 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
  20. Bootyfunk

    "On the subject of h.omos.exuality, the Bible doesn’t mean what Phil Robertson thinks it means," said Jim Naughton, a Christian g.ay rights activist and communications consultant."

    +++ wrong. it means exactly what robertson thinks it means. jim is a g.ay man that wants to be in a club that hates him. in lev 20:13, the bible says g.ays are abomination and are to be put to death. the bible is very clear on its stance on h.omos.exuality. anyone that says differently isn't being honest.

    December 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
    • Austin

      you don't understand the bible if you don't incorporate the New Covenant promise . that these sins are dealt with by resurrection power and not old testament punishment. the Holy Spirit, He changes us from within. The New Covenant is a better covenant. Praise God, no one has the right to hate another person.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        you obviously haven't read the bible cover to cover. the new testament doesn't replace the old testament - it adds to it. jesus himself says you cannot take away one letter from the OT. christians are often embarrassed by the cruelty of the OT and try to distance themselves from it as you are now.

        December 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm |
    • TYRANNASAUR

      Well Bootyfunk...... I think Harry Potter is GAY...and he's out to convert all the kids because he's a real sicko....lollololololol...my post makes as much sense as yours....but I doubt you see it.....fantasy is always going to be fantasy no how hard you think.

      December 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
      • Bootyfunk

        seems like you think you're witty.
        what part of what i said doesn't make sense?
        instead of an ambiguous statement, why don't you try to be specific.
        because you don't' like what i said doesn't make it untrue.

        December 20, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.